Fitness tips: Celebs share secrets
11:02 AM EDT, June 7, 2013
For 12 seasons in the NFL, including nine with the Miami Dolphins, cornerback Sam Madison practiced up to five hours a day so he could run with and crush wide receivers.
April 18, 2013
South Florida action star Dwayne Johnson, aka The Rock, plays a bodybuilding criminal in the motion picture, "Pain and Gain." The meathead fest, featuring a trio of steroid-using personal trainers in Miami during the 1990s, is a truthy tragicomedy that's often disturbing and sometimes hilarious. (Co-star Mark Wahlberg seems to be in "roid rage" throughout the movie.)
3:46 PM EDT, April 3, 2013
As the Miami Heat's play-by-play TV announcer for 22 seasons, Eric Reid has had an exciting career.
10:50 AM EDT, March 21, 2013
Elisabetta Fantone is a model and actress who shot to fame in 2006 on "Loft Story," a French-Canadian version of "Big Brother."
1:26 PM EST, February 22, 2013
By his late 30s, Eli Sapharti weighed almost 300 pounds. Every day, he smoked two packs of cigarettes, drank two liters of soda and "ate like crap."
February 11, 2013
Longtime Broward County resident Brad Meltzer is a bestselling thriller novelist and television host who exercises his body as well as his brain.
11:49 AM EST, January 16, 2013
Jeffrey Donovan plays Michael Westen on USA's "Burn Notice," a series in which he's an ex-CIA agent now working private missions from Miami. To fit the role, Donovan works out regularly by boxing and circuit training. But he still finds time to scuba dive, especially off Lauderdale-by-the-Sea.
1:09 PM EST, December 7, 2012
Miami Heat dancers support the team — and keep a pretty intense physical regimen.
1:25 PM EST, November 23, 2012
Paul Castronovo is an icon in South Florida radio programming, having been on air for more than 20 years. But that career is rich in opportunities to overindulge, and to be sedentary, which led him to gain weight.
November 9, 2012
Supermodel Niki Taylor was born in Fort Lauderdale, grew up in Pembroke Pines, and achieved international success as a teen — gracing the covers of Elle, Vogue and Shape magazines. She was featured in Sports Illustrated's swimsuit issue twice.
October 22, 2012
On "Magic City," a Starz television drama set in a glamorous Miami hotel in 1959, Dominik Garcia-Lorido plays a Cuban-American housekeeper training to be a Pan Am stewardess. She sizzles as a young woman coming of age and falling in love.
September 14, 2012
Palm Beach Gardens resident Stacy Lewis is the No. 2 ranked women's golfer in the world. Since her LPGA debut in 2009, she's won three tournaments, including two this year.
August 31, 2012
Although he played on teams as a kid, Lou Dobbs eventually developed a love of individual sports like golfing and horse riding, which ties in with his spirited political independence.
August 17, 2012
Matt Passmore stars as Jim Longworth, an FDLE detective on the Broward County-based drama, "The Glades," which airs 9 p.m. Sundays on A&E.
11:25 AM EDT, August 10, 2012
Plantation resident Anna Tunnicliffe competed in women's match racing for Team USA at the Olympics this summer. She won gold at the 2008 Olympics in a different class of sailing.
1:04 PM EDT, July 31, 2012
Olympic diver Brittany Viola is representing Team USA in the 10-meter platform competition in London this Wednesday and Thursday. Viola was a collegiate champion at the University of Miami, where she still trains.
June 26, 2012
Alexandra Paul has starred in many TV shows and movies, but may best be known for her role as Lt. Stephanie Holden on "Baywatch." On June 23, she was back in the water -- one of the competitors at the 36th annual Swim Around Key West.
June 12, 2012
Karina d'Erizans is featured in the new South Beach-based reality show "The Catalina." The series, which airs 8 p.m. Tuesdays on The CW, chronicles the partying and drama of the hotel's staff.
May 11, 2012
Karina Brez is Miss Florida USA 2012 and will compete for Miss USA on June 3 at Planet Hollywood Resort in Las Vegas. The competition will be shown on NBC.
April 24, 2012
Oleg Prudius (aka Vladimir Kozlov) has been a professional wrestler with World Wrestling Entertainment and Japan's Inoki Genome Federation, where he competes several weeks each year. After immigrating from the Soviet Ukraine, he played college football and won national sambo and kickboxing titles.
March 7, 2012
Jillian Rose Reed plays Tamara on MTV's hugely popular show "Awkward" and stars in "My Super Psycho Sweet 16: Part 3," a movie that premieres on the same network on Tuesday. In just a couple of years, the Coral Springs native has appeared in several movies and TV shows, including Showtime's "Weeds" from 2008 to 2009.
February 9, 2012
Sammi "Sweetheart" Giancola from MTV's "Jersey Shore" is known, along with her castmates, as a party girl.
January 24, 2012
Sheila Kelley is a seasoned actor currently in "Gossip Girl" on the CW. She also had roles in ABC's "Lost," which ended in 2010, as well as in "L.A. Law" and "Sisters."
December 1, 2011
Celebrity doctor Sean Kenniff spends most days working with veterans as a neurologist. But through the years, he has also been a medical correspondent for CBS 4 and CBS Radio, an online journalist, an author and a participant in 2000's "Survivor," which was set in Borneo.
November 7, 2011
Two years ago, Mrs. United States 2011 Shannon Ford was diagnosed with celiac disease, an intestinal disorder triggered by eating gluten. Since then, she has embraced "a paleo lifestyle" that includes eating lean meats, vegetables, fruits and nuts and doing CrossFit, which focuses on functional movements.
October 15, 2011
South Florida's Anna Kournikova reached No. 8 as a women's tennis player and now is a coach on NBC's "The Biggest Loser." She also has been called one of the world's sexiest athletes.
September 30, 2011
Karent Sierra enjoys the fabulous life as a cosmetic dentist to numerous celebrities, including Pitbull, Jon Secada and Arturo Sandoval. And in her "second career" as a TV personality, she has starred in commercials and Latin shows. Sierra also was first runner-up in the Miss Florida USA pageant in 1993 and was named Miami's Miss Carnaval in 1992. To keep prospering, she's taken control of her body. As she says, "It's my health. No one else is going to take care of you better than you."
September 5, 2011
Like many people, Lisa Pliner works out to burn stress, stay healthy and look good. But as a shoe designer, exercise also provides respite from the creative process. She says she'll work on a design then take a break, letting the design "talk" to her as she rides her bike. When she returns to the office, the shoes finally "come alive."
August 29, 2011
Peggy Exume began dancing during high school and now is captain of the Florida Panthers Ice Dancers. It's her fourth year with the team, which is preparing for the upcoming hockey season, and she maintains a full-time job with a law firm. To do it all, she has a workout routine that cardiovascularly might be tougher than what the Panthers themselves do. And she relaxes occasionally with a glass of red wine.
August 22, 2011
Katina Taylor has exercised regularly since she was a child, and at 35 can still do backflips. She enjoys the exercising itself but also likes feeling good afterward. And it lets her keep up with her family, which includes husband Jason Taylor of the Miami Dolphins and brother Zach Thomas who played for the Dolphins.
August 15, 2011
Cara Rosenthal is an ex-Miami Dolphins cheerleader who has competed in two seasons of CBS's "The Amazing Race." After being kicked off during an episode that aired in March, Rosenthal has kept in shape — working out five days a week in Boca Raton and Davie. A lifelong dancer, she says she needs mental stimulation to balance her physical workouts. Although she hits the gym three days a week for weight and endurance training, she takes dance classes twice a week for her muscles, cardio and mind.
July 5, 2011
Jennifer Nicole Lee is a fitness model who has positioned herself as a celebrity trainer and author. But back in 2003, while pregnant with her second child, she weighed more than 200 pounds and had "no athletic background whatsoever."
June 30, 2011
In college, Erika Huerta weighed 200 pounds. She had never been an athlete and, like many, her family didn't emphasize healthy eating. She decided to make a lifestyle change, which led to losing 70 pounds and feeling much better.
June 23, 2011
South Florida's Lissette Garcia represented the Sunshine State in the 2011 Miss USA pageant this month. A medical student in addition to a beauty queen, she eats lots of vegetables (and chocolate) and exercises up to six days a week, sometimes twice a day. Garcia said she was born with spina bifida and scoliosis, so exercise also helps eliminate pain.
June 16, 2011
As president of South Florida-based Zimmerman Advertising, Pat Patregnani knows all about making an impact.
May 27, 2011
In the 1960s and '70s, Lee Tiger performed with Steve Winwood, the Allman Brothers and other rock legends.
May 7, 2011
John "Footy" Kross became a radio icon in South Florida after joining Top 40 station "Y-100" (WHYI, FM 100.7) in 1974 and emceeing countless events through the years. He left his daily show and the station in 2006 and now hosts a Saturday sports program on "The Sports Animal" (WINZ, AM 940).
April 28, 2011
South Miami native Yara Martinez has had recurring roles on several TV shows, including TNT's police drama "Southland" and A&E's new action-packed "Breakout Kings." She was born in Puerto Rico to Cuban parents and moved to South Miami as a child, where she stayed through college before moving to L.A. To stay primed physically and mentally, she spins, shadowboxes and does The Bar Method five days a week while eating healthy (and drinking some red wine occasionally).
April 22, 2011
Paula Chermont, who began modeling in Brazil at age 16, has strutted runways around the world and been featured in numerous magazines, including Marie Claire (Portugal). The daughter of a renowned equestrian, she rode horses from childhood, and in recent years the 6-foot model has become a top polo player on the women's circuit. The British newspaper, The Sun, labeled her among the "top 10 posh sports babes" in 2009. Chermont is playing in The AMG Miami Beach Polo World Cup from April 21 to 24.
April 13, 2011
Coby Bell is a football player in BET's "The Game" and an ex-spy in USA's "Burn Notice," which is set in Miami. This actor, husband and father of two sets of twins shuttles between his home in California and various production locations for work, but finds time to keep the muscles looking good so he doesn't look like a "fluffy mess."
April 1, 2011
Nicole Henry is an acclaimed jazz and soul singer whose next album, "Embraceable," is scheduled for release this spring. She exercises regularly — to make sure she keeps her body and voice in peak condition.
8:23 PM EDT, March 15, 2011
Mireya Mayor has studied primates around the world and hosts shows on the National Geographic Wild Channel. An ex-Miami Dolphins cheerleader with a Ph.D. in anthropology, the South Florida native calls herself "girly-girly." In fact, her new book is titled, "Pink Boots and a Machete: My Journey From NFL Cheerleader to National Geographic Explorer" (National Geographic; $26). The wife and mother of two daughters is pregnant with twins.
March 7, 2011
Emma Pagano was featured in the Jan. 21 episode of MTV's "Made," a reality show about self-improvement. Pagano dreams of a career in fashion, as a plus-sized model or hairstylist. So far, she has dropped 65 pounds and is working on reaching her goal weight of 180 pounds. That puts her in contention for both the runway and a healthier life.
February 18, 2011
Beth Daniel won 33 golf titles and is in the World Golf Hall of Fame. She was the 1990 Associated Press Female Athlete of the Year, and in 2003 became the oldest winner of an LPGA Tour event. Today, she keeps fit to maintain her performance in charity outings (such as Bethesda Hospital Foundation's Pro-Am recently in Lake Worth) and to be healthy in general.
February 9, 2011
Chantel Hobbs has published four fitness books — "Love Food & Live Well" went on sale in December — and is a personal trainer, mother and wife of four. This year, she celebrates her 10-year anniversary since embarking on what she calls her "journey to wellness." She has lost more than half her weight while improving her health.
February 2, 2011
Elizabeth Futral, one of the world's major coloratura sopranos, is performing in "The Tales of Hoffmann" at Miami's Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts and Fort Lauderdale's Broward Center for the Performing Arts. She plays all four female lead roles: a mechanical doll, a self-destructive singer, a treacherous courtesan and the diva Stella. To do it all, Futral exercises regularly and eats healthy.
January 24, 2011
Helio Castroneves won the Indianapolis 500 three times and "Dancing with the Stars" in 2007; was named People magazine's "Sexiest Race Car Driver;" and is a husband and father of a 1-year-old. Even though this is racing's off season, he still works out to maintain his endurance and upper-body strength for when the season resumes on March 27.
December 30, 2010
Keith Sims played offensive guard for the Miami Dolphins from 1990 to 1997 and for the Washington Redskins for three more years. Like many NFL linemen, this three-time All Pro suffered through leg and other injuries and, after retiring, he lacked the workout goal of preparing for Sunday games. So he gained fat, hitting 380 pounds, while losing muscle. But when friends and ex-teammates started dying of obesity, he decided to regain control of his body. He's now lost more than 100 pounds, with much of it coming off after lap-band surgery in August.
December 27, 2010
Willard Shepard has played sports and exercised for most of his life. Although he's now a television journalist, law-school student and reserve fighter pilot, he still finds time to work out almost every day.
December 16, 2010
Michael McCullough is the Miami Heat's executive vice president and, yes, he did play college ball. But he's into all sorts of fitness activities these days — working out six days a week (including Rollerblading 15 miles every Sunday) as well as moonlighting as a spinning instructor.
December 2, 2010
Playing in the Lingerie Football League is tough. It seriously is. (The wacky marketing is a whole 'nother thing.) Yes, the players wear skimpy uniforms, but so do male swimmers, boxers and mixed martial arts fighters. These female football players have to be able to hit hard, get hit hard, and last for a whole game.
November 20, 2010
Viktoria Telek won Wilhelmina Models' 2009 Hot Body Model Search, which awarded her with a five-year contract. She entered at an open casting call at a Vitamin Shoppe in Miami and competed against thousands nationwide. Since then, she has appeared in Shape and other magazines while still teaching boot camp on South Beach, exercising nonstop, and selling real estate.
October 20, 2010
Tony Kanaan is one of the most famous race car drivers living in South Florida. He won the IndyCar Series championship in 2004, and has 14 race victories since starting with IndyCars in 2002. He's also one of the most conditioned athletes in the sport.
October 13, 2010
After putting on 40 pounds with the birth of her second child, radio host Julie Guy was overwhelmed with the thought of getting back in shape. In 2007, she joined The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society's Team In Training, a local group that trains runners and gives moral support, and hasn't stopped running since.
October 7, 2010
Michael Yormark, president of the Florida Panthers, works out to maintain the high level of energy he needs to run the company. His exercise routine is tough. His diet and body fat are unbelievable. See how he does it.
September 28, 2010
For Miami Dolphins' CEO Mike Dee, cycling is both exercise and a peaceful endeavor disconnected from the hectic workday.
September 21, 2010
Ex-Miami Dolphins cheerleader Brenda Lowe stars in the latest season of "Survivor," which began airing this month, and bloggers have already been proclaiming her the show's sexiest female contestant. A cover girl for the cheerleaders' calendar and twice featured in Maxim magazine, Lowe mixes natural beauty with a solid fitness routine.
September 13, 2010
Since 2004, James O. Born has published five Florida mystery novels and in June, under the pseudonym James O'Neal, he published a sci-fi mystery set in a futuristic Miami. To write these books Born makes use of his law-enforcement career, including his current work as a special agent for the Florida Department of Law Enforcement. He previously worked with the U.S. Marshals and the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency.
September 3, 2010
Christine Cruz is the biggest fitness buff at WSVN. Channel 7's morning news anchor works full time, has two preteens, and trains for half marathons seven days a week. It seems paradoxical, but the more this Miami native exercises, the less tired she becomes.